January 20th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Pop star Usher to appear at Obama rally

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Few people can say they've graced more magazine covers than Barack Obama - but Usher is certainly one of them. Now they'll share the same photo-op.

CNN has learned that the R&B superstar and heart-throb will appear on the same stage with Obama at a rally in Orangeburg on Tuesday evening.

An Obama spokesman said Usher won't perform at the event, but will speak about why he is supporting the Illinois senator.

It's not the first time the singer has stumped for Obama. Usher first appeared at a rally for the senator in Atlanta back in September of last year.

"I stand here representing our youth," he said at the time, reading from index cards. "If you want change you have to get involved."

In light of the Obama campaign's efforts to court young African-American voters here, the event's location at South Carolina State University is not insignificant: it's the state's largest and oldest historically black university.

Actress Kerry Washington, who starred in films like "Ray" and "The Last King of Scotland," will also be at the event.

– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Mirta

    This will backfire for this campaign.

    January 20, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. John

    Once again I read these threads and people seem to not have a clue. Stating how dare Bill Clinton call himself the first black president...Guess what...he was named that by the African American People...He did not wake up one day and decide to call himself that..He apparently earned it! Then we have Obama campaign...crying and blaming the Clinton campaign for every down fall. First it was Oprah, now its Usher? Give me a break.....Hillary has had more prominent black supporters than that...Time to start finding a new excuse people...

    January 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. AJ, IL

    Usher's support of Obama is another fact of this nomination cycle, that younger voters find Obama to be an attractive candidate. Obama appears overwhelmly to voters 40 years old and younger. Obama represents an attractive future for the Democratic party to change direction and focus.

    OBAMA in '08!

    January 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Ray

    are we surprised? And when was the last time Usher had a hit?

    January 20, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Viki

    It is not about race?
    How sad...for so many years America is trying to concrete race issue and now Obama is brining it back. The message is if you are African-American and not support Obama – you are trader? No matter what? What about white Americans who support Obama? His message to them: Don’t look at me as Black; it is not about race…What a lie!

    January 20, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    Senator Clinton won NH and NV, but CNN and MSNBC won Iowa, I mean Obama won Iowa.LOL

    January 20, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. SC

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a great man, but let's not forget the people behind him that helped him to begin his dream. People such as Bayard Rustin, whom King himself abandoned due to a threat from white congressmen and senators threatening to ruin his reputation with false accusations concerning his relationship with Bayard Rustin. How would Obama react in a situation such as this, even if today seems a more liberal and accepting time in history. Is it really?
    If you haven't heard of Bayard Rustin, than my guess is that we're not as open minded even today. My question is, What would Obama do if faced with the same challenges within his own group of supporters if he had a "Bayard Rustin"?

    January 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. GO MRS CLINTON!!

    SENATOR CLINTON!!!

    YESSS SENATOR CLINTON WILL WIN.. ALL OF US HERE IN IRAQ ARE VOTING FOR MRS CLINTON SHE KNOWS HER STUFF AND HAS ALL THE RIGHT EXPERIENCE..

    OBAMA JUST GO BACK TO CHICAGO.. BE A SENATOR THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME,,

    SOUTH CAROLINA VOTE HILLARY CLINTON PLEASE!!

    WE NEED TO COME HOME.. DONT LET THIS OBAMA MAKE U VOTE FOR HIM BECAUSE OF RACE. THINK ABOUT YOUR FUTURE,

    CONCERNED SOILDER IN IRAQ

    January 20, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Maeve

    Wow. Along comes another celeb endorsement based on the color of Obama's skin. Add it to Oprah's, Will Smith's, etc. etc.

    Racism is okay, it seems, as long as it's just the Obama camp that practices it.

    January 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Hillary HATES CATS

    Hillary Hates Cats
    so I hope she loses.

    I would like to see Ophra out again.

    But in the end Economy Romney will win.

    January 20, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Vincent, Tamaqua, Pa

    To Laura Marshall:

    Oprah, Will Smith, Usher.... these people never have participated in politics before until there was a black candidate. their decisions are driven by race, and you cannot deny that.

    also from what you just wrote it seems as if your electing a public speaker, rather than the next president of the united states. obama even admits that he doesnt intend to run the government, so why in the world would anyone vote for someone who is going to let his advisors run our country.

    where's the beef?
    ohhh, I know... HILLARY'S GOT IT!!!!

    January 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Obama Two Face

    Obama IS playing the race card. The so-called great uniter is dividing the country along race. And why? Is there any other reason beside personal gain? And is anyone paying attention to where something like this might lead? Obama is sneakily, steadily dividing the American people. How long will it be before a race riot starts somewhere? He is a dangerous player and people need to wake up.

    January 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. 1971guy

    As a white GA Dem liberal i would never ever vote obama in GE...so here's to your math JR – ID (and seeing how well hispanics and blacks get along, good luck)...

    January 20, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. 1971guy

    Oh and to Gwen in MI – Obama plays the race card more than anyone (MLK speech ATL today) so MANY white ESP SOUTHERNS liberals WILL NEVER SUPPORT HIM IN a GE...

    In other words it goes both ways; you support him b/c he's AA i support hill b/c she is White

    January 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. PJ, New York

    Jeff, Rathdrum ID- I disagree with you. These same 'groups' also said Hillary Clinton would NEVER win the Senate in New York State. She did it though, not once, but twice now. This wasn't just people in my state of New York saying it either. I remember the negative stories back in 2000 all over the country.

    Hillary Clinton has been taking the attacks since Bill Clinton was in the White House and she's done a great job taking them. Even with all the negative media coverage on her so far during this presidential run and the negative ads Obama tried on her in Nevada, she still came out winning. Not bad for someone who has been attacked over and over and over again. Someone who 'they' swore would 'never make it in the Senate'.

    All of you anti Hillary fanatics are so wrapped up in the 'I hate Hillary' game, you don't even know why you really hate her. What most of the Obama supporters/Independents still don't understand is that this is EXACTLY what people like Karl Rove and other top Republican's have been hoping for. They want to make the Democrats and Independents believe she's unelectable so that they will go against her and support someone much easier for them to defeat, like Barack Obama. They say she's 'unelectable but at the same time they secretly fear her. Karl Rove is still ONLY attacking Hillary Clinton, not Obama. He's even given Obama advice on how to beat Hillary, most recently last Wednesday. The Republican's know that they will eat Barack Obama alive if he wins the DEM nomination, this is their best chance to hold on to the White House. They won't be as nice to him as his own party has been either and let's not forget the free ride he's taken so far on the media-train.

    Hillary Clinton has taken the attacks for years now and she's still going strong. There's nothing else that the Republican's can dig up on her now. As long as the Republican's don't push for a third party like Bloomberg to run, she has an EXCELLENT chance of winning. Especially considering that the economy is horrible right now and the larger majority of American's want this war to end. We all know how the Republican's feel about the war. Let's not forget McCaine's comments the other day about 'another 100 years'. That will not go over well with Independents and most true Democrats (regardless of what they say now) will not support a Republican!

    Also, let's also not forget how inaccurate the polls are. We all know what happened in New Hampshire.

    January 20, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. Barack Obama

    What, are you kidding me, You think Obama would win the election and no one would vote for Hillary? Ok what has she won two states and leads in FL NY and NJ CA? You young people are a joke to me, Hillary will win the nomination.

    January 20, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. marc J

    I frankly think that if we need a change, we need to find a great Leader. Barack Obama is this leader. He will win the nomination and lead this country for a better future.

    January 20, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Laurie

    I fully support Barack Obama for president. And to be honest, I was ok with Hillary too.
    Until recently that is.
    She and Bill have proven that they will stop at nothing to get the nomination.
    which in my opinion is the same stuff different day..She may represent change from W but its the same of political garbage.
    Bill is out of control.
    I voted for him twice, and felt he was an outstanding POTUS. I can no longer stomach
    their methods.
    If Hillary gets the Dem nomination, I hope that McCain gets the GOP nomination
    so I can vote for him.

    I am done with them.

    January 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. PJ, New York

    People, Hillary Clinton DOES NOT NEED S. CAROLINA TO WIN. How many times does that need to be said?????

    Jesse Jackson won the state of S. Carolina in the primaries when he ran for president. Where did that get him????? Unbelieveable how much the Obama supporters are bragging about African American's taking his side and him winning the nomination. Sorry, S. Carolina is not going to do it for him! Nevada was MUCH more important for him to win, not S. Carolina. If Hillary Clinton continues to do well out west and especially if she wins California, it's all over for Obama.

    January 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. Jimmy, Oklahoma Feb. 5th

    I'm sure that is a real vote getter! Probally not in Oklahoma.

    Senator Hillary Clinton for President 2008 "SHE'S, THE REAL THING!"

    January 20, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. john

    CLINTON IS NOTHING MORE THAN A WATERED DOWN VERSION OF BUSH...INFACT BUSH IS NICER THAN HILLARY...HILLARY IS MEAN HEARTED AND ONLY OUT FOR THE PRIZE...ANOTHER CLINTON IN THE WHITE HOUSE...THEN JEB BUSH WILL PROBABLY TRY AFTER HER, THEN CHELSEA AFTER HIM...WHEN WILL IT END? ENOUGH OF THE BUSH CLINTO ERA...NO MORE MAFTA AND SHIPPING AMERICAN JOBS TO 3RD WORLD COUNTRIES JUST SO THE RICH CAN GET RICHER WILL THE MIDDLE CLASS TURN POOR....

    VOTE OBAMA!!

    January 20, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  22. B B

    I totally agree that Senator Obama's speech at amrtin luther kings church today was historic… beautiful. Indeed, I sat there with tears of admiration and respect running down my face, just as I did decades ago after just graduating from law school at the top of my class but being denied opportunties just because I was a women. The problems of this country cannot be resolved without a leader such as Obama who embodies the American dream and seeks unity among all of us to end bipartisian stalemate and bickering, whatever our race, gender or creed.

    While I've always wanted to see a woman elected president, I am shocked and disappointed at the campaign tactics being waged by both Clintons. This is not the 1990's. The economic problems, especially given the unknown trillions of dollars lost due to the waging of an insupportable war based on lies and fear-mongering, are much more intractable. Our only hope is to be led by a president who can reach out to all Americans, whether Democrats, Republicans and/or independents, and the only presidential candidate with the experience, strength, integrity and humanity of Senator Obama.

    January 20, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Phil Memphis, TN

    BD, I think you are commenting on a different article, but before you go stirring the pot, neither of the Clintons has ever stated that Clinto was the "first black president". those statements were made by black leaders.

    January 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. Phil Memphis, TN

    As far as Usher's endorsement... so what? I should care what Usher's political opinion is?

    January 20, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. 1971guy

    I love all of the post from wm pushing for Obama...hmmh...interesting...who could they be right wingers maybe....b/c they know hillary would Trunce the REPs; an dObama would get his 12 percent of the country kicked...

    January 20, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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